The following is a list of regularly updated volunteering opportunities in and around Lewisham. The list contains both from home, remote opportunities and mobile, in person opportunities. If you would like to receive updates on the latest volunteering opportunities, along with creative activities, donation information and the latest news from around Lewisham you can sign up to receive our weekly newsletter.


Spontaneous Productions – Backstage Crew Volunteer

As an extra pair of stage hands, you will assist the Stage Manager to ensure the smooth running of our outdoor performances and will work behind the scenes helping the cast and crew put on an exciting and professional show. No previous experience necessary, this would be a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain knowledge and skills in the performing arts, or equally anyone who wants to meet new people and get involved in the local community. Our volunteers will assist in setting up the performance space, including the installation of gazebos, sound system and any scenery; as well as assisting the stage manager with moving scenery, props and sometimes helping the actors with costume changes.

Spontaneous Productions is a not-for-profit organisation passionate about producing high highest quality professional theatre. Based in South-East London, our artistic vision is to provide an innovative and ambitious programme of year-round shows and activities in the heart of the community. During the summer we host a season of open-air theatre, and this year we will be staging three original productions back-to-back in the beautiful setting of the bowling green in Mayow Park, Sydenham, with our next show being a new adaptation of George Orwell’s classic Animal Farm, and our volunteers are an integral part of the team in making the performances happen.

Ideally volunteers will be available to help us for our final rehearsals next week commencing Monday 21st June, as well as on some performance days which will run for the following 3x weekends: 26th-27th Jun, 3rd-4th Jul, and 10th-11th Jul. Call times will be from 10:30 on rehearsal days and 11:30 on performance days, and you will always be finished by 16:30. Even if you are only available for just one show we’d love to hear from you!

Email volcoordinator@spontaneousproductions.co.uk to volunteer


Lewisham MENCAP – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Lewisham MENCAP are looking for people in the local community who are keen to share their skills (digital skills in particular) to help run various games and activities, lead various fitness or dance sessions, entertain or offer beauty treatments to their wonderful members.

They would also like to hear from people who are simply willing to join at their discos, dance and socialise – an opportunity to get to know the most fun and welcoming group of people in Lewisham! Details about DBS checks and the recruitment process will be given upon enquiry. Everyone is encouraged to get in touch, regardless of how much or how little you think you can offer!

Email hello@lewishammencap.org.uk to volunteer!


We Care Community Hub – Multiple Volunteer Roles

We Care Community Hub at Kath’s Place Deptford is seeking to take on more volunteers to cover the holiday period!
They are looking for help Saturday and Mondays in the Community Hub, team room, and charity shop.

They are looking for people to help cover home food delivery drops in emergencies and will need transport for this.
They are also looking for an assistant project manager with social media skills able to help raise awareness of the work to boost online sales and help with our fundraising.

If you are interested in volunteering, drop by the hub at 50 Friendly Street, Deptford, SE8 4DR during opening hours and speak with Toni or Ray.


Feast With Us – Volunteer

Feast With Us have just started a project in a shelter in Blackheath.

For this particular project, they are doing workshops with young people in a Single Homeless Project residence that focus on basic cooking, food hygiene, healthy eating and well-being and also elements of reducing food waste and cooking more sustainably.

They need volunteers to help collect food kindly donated by Catford Community Fridge and to bring it to the shelter. The collection is on Saturdays between 2 and 3pm.

Contact lily@feastwithus.org.uk to volunteer


Lewisham Toy Library – Volunteer Treasurer

We are looking for a motivated and organised treasurer to help lead on finances using our resources wisely for the Lewisham Toy Library.

What will you be doing?
• Oversee the Charity’s accounts
• Oversee the charity’s bookkeeper to see records are up to date and prepare monthly and annual financial reports
• Present yearly accounts to the Charity Commission
• Attend monthly trustee meetings via zoom/in person. (1.5 hours per month)
• Attend yearly business planning meetings in person (3 hours yearly)
• Present to less financially minded trustees an understanding of our financial timeline and budget – interpreting financial data
• Lead on reviewing expenditure to identify any cost savings
• Take a co-signatory role for the charity’s bank account and other financial accounts

What are we looking for?
• Knowledge and experience of current and fundraising financial practice relevant to charities
• Knowledge of bookkeeping and financial management
• Good financial analysis skills
• Ability to communicate clearly
• Commitment to working for the Lewisham community as a member of the trustee team
• Interest in the goals and aims of the Lewisham Toy Library

Our accounts are simple so the work is not onerous or very time consuming as we have a dedicated employed bookkeeper. As a member of the board of trustees you will be welcomed into the toy library family and will make a difference to the local community of children, parents and carers by overseeing our financial accounts and guiding our spending in the most effective and beneficial way. We welcome applicants from all ethnicities and genders. We are keen to increase the diversity of our board so that it is representative of our members and the local community – for this reason we would strongly encourage applicants who are male and/or from black and minority ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Contact justine.vella.uk@gmail.com to apply


Ahoy Centre – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Ahoy Centre are a water sport Learning Centre using the River Thames as a pathway to provide opportunities for the community and those at-risk, disadvantaged or with learning disabilities. Through sailing, rowing and related learning activities we aim to break down social barriers, develop essential life skills, confidence and pride.

Community Engagement Support – This role would suit someone who is proficient at building relationships, has a keen eye for new opportunities and is well connected within our local community.

IT/CRM Developer – To help develop AHOY’s Salesforce CRM so that it is more user friendly for AHOY’s fundraising team, allowing for better stewardship of supporters.

Maintenance Assistant – To assist with sanding, varnishing and general regeneration of our rowing boats ahead of our 2021/2022 rowing season.

Marketing/PR & Communications – To support and help develop AHOY’s existing marketing activity to help promote the impact the charity make on their beneficiaries with an aim of engaging wider audience with their work to both participate in activities and support through fundraising initiatives.

Receptionist/Admin – To assist our Operations Team: dealing with all calls and welcoming visitors. This role will suit someone with good communication and telephone manner, keyboard/typing skills, familiar with Word, Excel & Outlook.

To register your interest in any of the above roles please email Marta at marta@ahoy.org.uk


CatBytes – Digital Support Buddy

Would you like to become a Volunteer Digital Support Buddy and support members of the local community including older people and digitally excluded individuals to improve their IT knowledge?

Do you know how to: Do a Google Search? Find your house on Google Maps? Look up a timetable to get public transport?

These are the skills we are looking for. We are not looking for IT experts, but people who are patient and can sit with elderly people and help them learn how to use tablets, laptops or mobile phones.

The sessions would involve sitting with a client at Ewart hall based in Forest Hill, SE23 or Stanstead Lodge in Forest Hill and help them to navigate their device(s), either a laptop, tablet, iPad or smartphone, often accompanied by a cup of tea/coffee/water/juice and some cakes/biscuits.

We need reliable and committed volunteers who are able to commit to a minimum 2 hours per week. This is a good introduction to volunteering as we are a well-established community interest company in Lewisham and you’ll meet other like-minded, caring people.

If you’re able to spare a couple of hours per week, we would love to hear from you. Please call us on 020 8314 4702 or email volunteering@catbytes.community and we’ll be in touch.


Family and Childcare Trust – Volunteer Parent Champion

The Parent Champions programme is based on research that parents are more likely to trust other parents than professionals when choosing childcare. Parent Champions are parent volunteers who give a few hours a week to talk to other parents about the local services available to them. 

Find out more about the Parent Champions National Network and sign up via this page: Become a Parent Champion | Family and Childcare Trust


Pivot – Market Stall Volunteer

Pivot is an ethical and sustainable jewellery social enterprise that empowers people experiencing homelessness to design, make and sell jewellery, whilst providing coaching and financial support.

“We are looking for regular volunteers to manage weekend market stalls that are coming up across different London boroughs at various different venues. They must be happy to work as a team (albeit a small one!) and be comfortable working independently if required (after a taster/first session). The markets will be happening on most weekends starting in May throughout the summer through to the Christmas period! We would train them on how to open and close down the small stall, how to operate the till system (we use iZettle), and give them information on our mission and our products”

Contact hello@makepivot.org to volunteer


St Christopher’s Hospice – Fundraising Event helper

St Christopher’s are looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to help ensure the success of their fundraising events.

  • Cycle for St Christopher’s – Sunday 4th July 2021 – The Green, Green Street Green, BR6 6JS
  • St Christopher’s Fun Walk – Sunday 19th September 2021 – Keston Common

Click Here to Find Out More and Volunteer


Bellingham Linking Lives – Volunteer Visitor

Would you be interested in being a volunteer visitor for a new organisation seeking to combat loneliness and social isolation in the Bellingham area?

Hosted by Christ Church United Reformed Church, Bellingham Green and open to everyone. Please contact Fiona Thomas on 07918 981549 or bellingham@linkinglives.uk to volunteer.


Home Start Southwark – Family Support Volunteers

Home Start is a national charity which supports families with young children when they need it most. We train our volunteers and support them to empower and encourage the families they work with.

Home Start Southwark are looking for volunteers to support families in their homes, assist with groups and activities for up to 2 hours a week. The role will involve:

  • Active Listening
  • Befriending
  • Outreach

Click here to Find Out More and Volunteer


Voluntary Services Lewisham – Volunteer Drivers

Hello Potential Volunteer Driver!

Voluntary Services Lewisham are on the lookout for drivers who would like to drive a minibus or be a passenger assistant. For minibus driving, all you need is a car driving licence as the lightweight minibuses we have can be driven by volunteers. You’ll be part of a volunteer team helping a section of the community that isn’t able to take public transport. We take people to day centres, appointments, and the odd outing to the seaside.

There are regular shifts available (8am to 10am and 2:45pm to 4:45pm) and if that doesn’t suit, we also have ad hoc trips such as helping foodbanks or perhaps taking a wheelchair user to their vaccination appointment. Training is available. This is a good introduction to volunteering as we are a well-established social care organisation in Lewisham and you’ll meet other like-minded, caring people.

If you’re able to spare a couple of hours per week, we would love to hear from you. Please fill in the contact form here or email transport@vslonline.org.uk and we’ll be in touch.


Create Without Borders – Volunteers for Refugee Week Market at Beckenham Place Mansion

Create Without Borders and Refugee Cafe will be commissioning artists with experience of forced migration to organise a series of workshops, performances, exhibitions and other events across Refugee Week. Our final celebration event on 19th June will be a day of market stalls and live music at Beckenham Mansion and we are putting together a team of 10 to help support this event.

The day will run from 9am to 5pm. Ideally you will be available for the whole day but we can consider shorter shifts where needed. Duties would include:

  • Event stewarding
  • Setting up and clearing away
  • Helping to set up workshops through day
  • Ensuring safe running of event and answering questions of people attending
  • Ensuring adherence to social distancing rules at in person events.
  • Sales assistants, supporting market stalls with their sales
  • Litter picking
  • First aiders (desirable but not essential)

Please email Keeley Mudd at hello@createwithoutborders.co.uk to register your interest.


Deptford Lionesses – Social media/Events manager

Deptford Lionesses is a registered charity Sports club for young girls in Deptford and its surrounding areas. Deptford Lionesses has been created to give girls the platform to perform and feel equal. We operate in an area that provides no such services to girls. With it being proven that sport benefits both physical and mental well being, you will be playing a part in helping this become a part of these girls lives.

In line with our objectives, create content, which will engage with our audience and help Deptford Lionesses stand out. Building relationship along the way with business / influencers who keen to spread our services to there platform.

Planning events for the future (e.g., girls only tournaments), working with our friendly assistant project manager to deliver and plan our events. Ideally, the volunteer will have an understanding of social media and events.

We would like the volunteer to be passionate and thorough in their work with a can do attitude and not afraid to tackle a challenge head on. Creative, Problem solving, patience and determination are characteristics desired by the charity for this role.

With the help of a volunteer managing our social media and events planning, we are able to build an online community and reach girls locally through audience targeting ensuring no girls will miss out.

Estimated start date 05/06/2021

Contact deptfordlionesses@gmail.com to register your interest


Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network – Trustees (Finance and IT/Digital/Cyber security expertise)

LRMN are keen to recruit trustees with experience in the fields of IT/digital/cybersecurity and are looking for a financially qualified trustee who is interested in succeeding to the role of Treasurer when the current incumbent reaches the end of his term of office.

As a Board member you will be expected to attend a quarterly board meeting, join a sub-committee which also meets quarterly and offer support relevant with your expertise. Sub-committees include Organisation Development, Finance, Risk and Compliance and Fundraising and Marketing. All meetings normally take place in the evening from 6.00pm and last about 1.5 – 2 hrs. Since the lock down the board has been meeting via Zoom but may resume to face to face meetings when restrictions are lifted.

LRMN welcome application from Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, Refugee and Migrant backgrounds.

For more information, please visit our website www.lrmn.org.uk
To have a discussion about the roles and/ or to send your CV and cover letter, please email Rosario.Guimba-Stewart@lrmn.org.uk


Pie N Mash Mutual Aid – Volunteer Food Deliverers

Pie N Mash Mutual Aid Group in New Cross need people with cars, vans and bicycles to pick up and deliver food donations.

Donation pickups are across various times in the week and food parcel deliveries to families we support are 12-3pm on Thursdays.

There’s also lots of other ways to get involved with our project whatever amount of time you have available. pienmash.org.uk
If you can help, fill in the form on our website or contact piemashfield@riseup.net or 07857024435

If you can help, fill in the form on our website or contact piemashfield@riseup.net or 07857024435


Street Trees for Living – Tree Maintenance Team member

Volunteers will visit young trees to give them timely attention as required.
This will include pruning, weeding, emergency watering, and maintenance of posts, cages, straps and labels.
This is a mobile role, requiring use of smartphone, and sometimes a car.
Materials and tools provided.

Start date: June 12th 2021

Approx 3 hours per week

Email dom@streettreesforliving.org to register your interest!


Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network – Qualified or Trainee female counsellors

The Women Together Project at LRMN is a unique project for refugee and asylum-seeking women survivors of gender-based violence, funded by the Big Lottery and Henry Smith. We offer a holistic, woman-centred service comprising of 1-1 counselling, weekly women’s nurture group, immigration advice, advice and advocacy support and summer activities for mothers and children.

We are currently recruiting a qualified or trainee female counsellors to join our project. This is a good opportunity to work within a human-rights setting with women from diverse world cultures, helping them to rebuild trust, resilience and foster ability to cope with trauma. You will benefit from being part of a small supportive team, with opportunities for learning about asylum and human rights issues, and for incorporating cross-cultural and holistic approaches into your counselling practice. We provide free monthly clinical group supervision.

This placement is offered 1 day per week during office hours (morning or afternoon), for a minimum of six months to ensure continuity for our clients. Given the nature of the issues that are presented and the trauma that our clients experience, we prefer to hire trainee/volunteer counsellors who already have some 1-1 clinical hours experience.

Currently counselling is offered remotely, either via phone or video calls. In person sessions may be an option once our office re-opens.

Contact valeria.rizzo@lrmn.org.uk to volunteer


Living Water Christian Centre Food Service – Volunteer Drivers

Living Water Christian Centre Food Service, which provides food and additional support for people who are struggling financially in the Honor Oak area, need a volunteer driver and helper who can be available fortnightly on Tuesdays between 3pm and 7pm to ride to Coulsdon for a surplus food collection. They have a van available to use or they would pay expenses for volunteers with a van. Please email  lwccfoodservice@gmail.com to apply.


James Ross Hunter Youth Support CIC – Multiple Volunteer Roles

No one knows the pain felt by families and friends after a loss. As a bereavement volunteer, you are more than likely to find satisfaction in knowing you can make a difference in someone’s life.

Anyone can apply to make a positive difference. No qualification is needed only your time or your previous experiences. Applications from all backgrounds are welcome. You will receive specialist training in bereavement awareness that will help you with the skills required.

Other volunteer roles also include the following criteria:
• Project coordination which includes tasks such as creating, coordinating, controlling, and monitoring progression
• Volunteer coordinator for parent mentorship
• Maintaining and organizing data in relation to contracts and administrative duties
• Contribute to the running of activities at events

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to share their passion or further develop their community engagement skills. Full training, support, and uniform are provided. JRHYS has a long history of working in Lewisham borough from its inception in 2014.

Volunteers are expected to attend four workshop inductions which include individual training sessions on listening skills, working with young people, safeguarding, and mentorship. CRB checks required.

Please email: jamesrosshunterfoundation@gmail.com to volunteer!


Create Without Borders – Refugee Week Events Volunteer

About Refugee Week events:
Refugee Week is a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees and people seeking sanctuary. CWB will be commissioning artists with experience of forced migration to organise a series of workshops, performances, exhibitions and other events across the week, some in person and some online. Our final celebration event on 19th June will be a day of market stalls and live music at Beckenham Mansion.

About the role:
There will be various voluntary roles both in the lead up to Refugee Week and for events running from 15th-19th June, including at our final celebration on 19th June. These include:
Planning and promotion of events. Liaising with venues and artists. Working with promotions manager on digital promotion and handing out flyers/posters.
Event stewards, setting up and clearing away at events. Ensuring safe running, answering questions of people attending, ensuring adherence to social distancing rules at in person events.
Sales assistants, supporting market stalls with their sales on 19th June
First aiders (desirable but not essential)

Contact: hello@createwithoutborders.co.uk to get involved!


Chinbrook Action Residents Team – Volunteer Driver

Chinbrook Action Residents Team (ChART) Food Bank urgently needs a volunteer driver with a relatively large car to help with an early morning shop at Lidl Lee. They need someone who could commit to going every Monday at 7.30am to collect the food and take it to their base inGrove Park. Expenses would be provided.

Please contact paul@chartbiglocal.org.uk to apply.


Wildcat Wilderness – Volunteer Gardner

Wild Cat Wilderness is a community green space in Catford coordinated by us, Lewisham Local.

Get involved and come along to one of our activity or volunteer days. Refreshments provided for volunteers. Please bring along some lunch (unless otherwise stated). Toilet and shelter available. Sorry but at present the Wild Cat Wilderness is not wheelchair accessible. All tools, equipment and gloves provided. Please wear sturdy footwear and bring something waterproof – just in case.

Find Out More Here


Legendary Community Club – Multiple Volunteer Roles

Legendary Community Club are a are a community food provision service, supporting young people.

They are looking for:

LEGENDARY PACKERS. The bread-and-butter of our team. Community members who help pack up the packages or make tasty meals.

LEGENDARY DRIVERS. The traffic-battlers! Community members who deliver those tasty meals and food-packages to their destinations.

LEGENDARY LEADERS. Community members with a little bit more time (minimum 4 hours on one day) to contribute to help running the day’s activities on the ground.

LEGENDARY CO-ORDINATORS. Community members working in the background, organising, administrating, tweeting, and google sheet-ing.

LEGENDARY <YOU DECIDE!>. We are always open to new community members bringing what skills/ideas they want to the project.

Fill out this form to register your interest


Greenwich Park – Volunteer Rangers

The Royal Parks charity is looking for friendly volunteers who enjoy talking to people to help our visitors get the most from Greenwich Park. Volunteer Rangers engage with park users and offer information on Greenwich Park’s wildlife, history and heritage. Our aim is to inspire and educate visitors, furthering their understanding and appreciation of this amazing park.

This is an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to share their passion for Greenwich Park or further develop their community engagement skills. Ideally, we would like volunteers who can commit to a minimum 2 hours per week over the next 6 months. Full training, support and uniform are provided.

More information here


Mordern College – Volunteer Appointment Companions & Walking Befrienders

Appointment Companion Volunteer

Going to appointments and getting there can be a stressful and anxious time. We are looking for appointment companion volunteers to accompany residents to their appointments either using the College minibus, private taxi, or public transport. You will offer reassurance where necessary, offer to help with navigating to and from appointments and ensure residents return home safely.

Walking Befriender

We are looking for friendly and compassionate volunteer walking befrienders. You will support a resident in independent living or in our care home to get outside for some fresh air, encouraging them to be more active while enjoying some friendly conversation.

We are looking for a mixture of volunteers – those that enjoy having a chat and like working with older people as well as those who are able to push someone in a wheelchair.  

We are a Covid-secure workplace and will support you while you volunteer on our sites.

To apply for both roles click here


Make Mee Studio – Volunteer Packers and Deliverers

Patched Together is a FREE collaborative community textile project. This is round 2 of the project and we are looking for volunteers to help us pack the creative packs, deliver them to people who can’t leave their house and eventually sew the patched together!

They have funding from the GLA to run the project again and we have some money in the budget to do basic DBS checks for volunteers! Get in touch at patchedtogetherlewisham@gmail.com


Action for Refugees in Lewisham – Food Project Volunteer

AFRIL’s door to door Helping Hands food bank delivery service are looking for volunteer drivers!

The Saturday team of volunteers deliver essential food every Saturday to 30 refugee, asylum seeker and vulnerable migrant families local areas at 10am and are home by 1pm. There are devised routes for these deliveries so each driver/cyclist and can pay travel expenses’ for drivers.

Contact Helen, Food Bank manager E: foodbank@afril.org.uk or M: 07375 886101 to get involved.


Action for Community Development – Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteer and Volunteer Project Managers

AfCD are looking for Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteers and a Volunteer Project Managers.

The Bookkeeping & Accounting Volunteer role would involve: VAT/bookkeeping, payroll work and more.

The project manager role will be to plan, monitor and control a project, monitor progress.

Volunteers need to be highly organised and with exceptional attention to detail. AfCD require the volunteer to be personable and with excellent people skills, as they will have to deal with stakeholders, clients, staff and contractors at all levels.

AfCD offer huge flexibility with the way you volunteer your hours, home/office work, a really pleasant office environment and total flexibility and variation in the role. Any travel expenses will be reimbursed providing receipt.

Contact us on cvp@actionforcd.org to register your interest!



Action for Refugees in Lewisham – Volunteer Shelter Builders

AFRIL have 3 more volunteer workday Saturdays planned at the allotment to finish the shelter build and redesign the growing area: Saturday 27th March 10am to 4pm, Saturday 3rd April 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10th April 10am to 4pm.

They welcome experienced and novice builders and gardeners to come along for one or more sessions to build the shelter or redesign our plot.

Anyone interested please bring gloves, sturdy boots, waterproof clothing, a mask and antibacterial hand gel. Contact Cat, our AFRIL Community Gardener on 07786266699 or catflannery@gmail.com


Rastafari Movement UK– Food Project Volunteer

Rastafari Food and Wellbeing Project needs: 

 2 x VOLUNTEER DRIVERS and 2x Grocery Packers to help to deliver food to vulnerable households across Lewisham, Lambeth, and Southwark on Tuesday afternoons.

Volunteers should be able to give 1 or 2  hours between 2-6pm on a Tuesday, they can reimburse your travel costs. Please contact Sis Marcia 07931 373377 or Sis Veema 07494731089 for details.


Brockley Max Festival – Press Volunteer

Brockley Max Festival are looking for a volunteer to help with press for the festival. The role will involved to write press releases for the festival, to contact press outlets, both print and online. To update press contacts, and to monitor and evaluate impact of press article and coverage. If this sounds exciting and interesting to you, please contact Moira (Festival Director): moira@brockleymax.co.uk


Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service – Advice Volunteer

Lewisham Multilingual Advice Service (LMLAS) is looking for telephone advice line volunteers to assist with our advice services. This is an ideal role for enthusiastic people interested in enhancing their skills and building confidence.

You don’t need to have previous experience of working in advice. However, we particularly welcome people from black and minority ethnic communities who speak another language as well as English or want to improve their English language skills.

Download this Word Document to Find Out More


King’s Church – Food Volunteers

King’s Church in Catford are looking for 10 volunteers to help deliver their non-perishable food hampers ‘Big Red Boxes’. They deliver on a weekly basis but the commitment does not have to be every week day on a Thursday or Friday. Alternatively, if you have a clean driving licence and have held it for over 10 years, we can look at hiring a van for you to use.

It is ideal if you already have a DBS check available, if not they can support you in this process.

Email volunteer@kingschurchlondon.org to get involved!


Entelechy Arts – Volunteer Treasurer

Entelechy Arts are looking for a Treasurer to join their Board of Trustees. The role involves maintaining an overview of the organisation’s affairs; ensuring its financial viability and that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

Contact details for further information:-
For more information click here and to receive the full recruitment pack please contact Christine Lee christine.lee@entelechyarts.org, 07860 740033

Closing date for applications: 9am on Wednesday 7 April 2021


New Cross Learning – Volunteer Customer Service Library Assistant

The role includes:

* Taking out and returning library books,
* Booking computer space,
* Answering the telephone,
* Doing photocopying of documents for customers
* Shelf filling and tidying
* Some light cleaning as part of the team rota, everyone does a bit.

This is a great way to help the community have access to a local library and learning centre. New Cross Learning are concerned that all volunteers get good training opportunities and feel supported in their roles.

Contact kath.dunbar@hotmail.co.uk to apply for the role


CatBytes – Volunteer Drivers

CatBytes are very busy receiving, refurbishing and distributing devices to families in Lewisham whose children are currently doing their homework on smartphones and they need volunteer drivers to help distribute.

Email volunteering@catbytes.community to volunteer.


St. Peter’s Brockley Social Supermarket – Food Project Volunteer

St Peter’s Social Supermarket in Brockley are looking for around 15 volunteers to deliver weekly food parcels to food bank members who are unable to leave their homes. Deliveries are within SE4, and can be on foot, cycle or by car.

Click here to sign up


Healthwatch Lewisham – Project Volunteer

Healthwatch Lewisham is committed to trying to make changes to health and social care services that reflect the needs of the people in the local community. In order to do that, we establish projects looking in to the key concerns and issues that have been reported to us by the general public. We need the assistance of volunteers in these project groups to help us to look
thoroughly at these issues.

Click here to find out more and apply


CTE Projects – Social Media Volunteer

CTE Projects support lone parents and women back to work by providing skilled training, support with starting their own business or those who want to change their career.

They are looking for a social media volunteer to promote the services of the organisation, research on funding and partnership opportunities, create and maintain all social platforms, do digital marketing and admin duties etc.

Contact schola@cteprojects.org.uk to register your interest


Age UK Lewisham & Southwark Food 2 You – Volunteer Food Packers and Deliverers

Food2You is a shopping delivery service for over 50s living in Lewisham, Southwark and Lambeth who struggle to do their own shopping. They provide a consistent weekly shop to older people who may not be able to access shops themselves, as well as much needed social contact with staff and volunteers.

Volunteers support with all aspects of the service, from Administration to Driving, and Shopping to Deliveries. Roles are at various times and days throughout the week.

Shopping is currently being done at Tesco Surrey Quays, and they are currently based at the Yalding Healthy Living Centre in Bermondsey. We deliver to clients across the borough of Lewisham, as well as Southwark and Lambeth.

Click here to Volunteer


Help Lewisham Hospital – NHS Aid Volunteer

Help Lewisham Hospital have a hub aimed at helping NHS staff with picking up essentials and the occasional treat all free of charge. They need volunteers to help with sorting donations, bagging donations to give to staff at the door, cleaning as needed and volunteer drivers.

They need more Volunteers to do morning or evening shifts (not both) from 6/7-10am and 6-10pm. 

Fill out this form to Register Your Interest or email helplewishamhospital@gmail.com


The Sapphire Foundation – Food Volunteer

The Sapphire Foundation are looking for volunteers at their Community Fridge in Catford at Capital House, 47 Rushey Green, SE6 4AS on Mondays and Fridays to:

– Assist with setting up the Community Fridge space, which will be accessible to members of the community.
– Collect food donations from local stores and supermarkets.
– Assist with packing and distributing food items.
– Offer a friendly welcome to visitors and engage with members of the community.
– Support the implementation of activities that will be ran during the day.
– Record contact details of attendees.
– Help maintain a clean and safe environment.

They are also looking for volunteers outside of Lewisham in Whitechapel (outside Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street, E1 6LS) to do the same tasks on Thursdays.

Email info@sapphireministriesrtwv.org to register your interest for the above roles.


Sickle Cell and Young Stroke Survivors

SCYSS are looking for passionate volunteer with experience in any of these fields: Admin; Fundraising and Communications (including websites/social media).

Click Here for the Full Advert


New Catford Food Service

Local Councillor Tauseef Anwar has started a hot food takeaway service that is providing food at 3pm every day outside Lewisham Islamic Centre. They are looking for volunteers to help on different days. Please email Cllr_Tauseef.Anwar@lewisham.gov.uk if you would like to volunteer and find out more.


Whitefoot and Downham Community Food Plus Project – Volunteer Drivers & Food Packers

WDCFP+ are looking for volunteer drivers to support with a fortnightly run on Thursdays between 3 – 7.30pm to collect surplus food donations from a depot in Coulsdon to support their food bank which has experienced extremely high numbers of visitors in recent weeks.

They are also looking for volunteers to assist with packing and queue management. Please email to express the role you are interested in (mentioning Lewisham Local) to wdcfplus@gmail.com. You can donate to their fundraiser here.



Downham Gleaning Pantry

Downham Gleaning Pantry need volunteer drivers to collect surplus food from local supermarkets on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. Email downhammutualaid@hotmail.com  to apply.


One Health Lewisham – Healthcare Volunteers

One Health Lewisham are recruiting a team of volunteers to support with the delivery of COVID-19 remote monitoring devices to people that may have coronavirus that do not have anybody to collect the monitoring device on their behalf. 

The safety of both our volunteers and patients is paramount and in addition to our routine safeguards:  

  • Volunteers will be required to attend training before starting to ensure that appropriate infection prevention guidance is followed.  
  • Devices are to be left on doorsteps and there is no requirement for volunteers to have face to face contact or communication when delivering device.  

One Health Lewisham estimate that there will be approximately 5 devices that need to be delivered per day and as such, would like a large pool of volunteers to ensure that there are volunteers located across the borough to respond to requests throughout December-January.  

If you are interested in becoming one of their Remote Monitoring Volunteers, please complete the short online form  



Action Tutoring – Volunteer Tutor

Volunteering with Action Tutoring is an easy and rewarding way to make a difference to the lives of young people living in your community. By volunteering and tutoring for just one hour a week, you will be able to directly support disadvantaged young people to build their confidence and help ensure they leave school with the grades needed to build a bright future, as well as developing your own skills.

As an English or maths tutor, you will choose one of our partner schools to volunteer with. You can support either in person (following Covid prevention measures) or online (through our virtual classroom). You will work with one or two pupils for an hour a week across the course of a school term. Sessions are delivered at the same time each week. We provide all of our tutors with training and workbooks to use in sessions, and we will also process a DBS check for you.

Click here to Volunteer


XLP – Volunteer Mentor

XLP are looking for Literacy and Numeracy Online Tutors. XLP is a youth charity that operates youth work projects in schools and estate communities across 9 inner-city boroughs. The charity has a long history of working in Lewisham borough. 

This project offers literacy and numeracy support to young people from yr6-yr9 as well as targeted 1-1 online home tutoring to young people studying towards GCSEs.

All volunteers are expected to attend three individual XLP training sessions, which include working with young people, safeguarding and tutoring training.

Click here to find out more and apply


Corbett Community Library – Volunteer Befriender

Corbett Community Library are recruiting volunteers for their Doorstep Chat service on and around the Corbett Estate in SE6.

Volunteers can work in pairs (preferably) to have socially distanced weekly chats with an isolated person from the end of their garden path. These social visits are very much welcomed by individuals who often haven’t spoken to anyone all week. They can arrange for these to be phone chats from their premises. To find out more, please email caroline@corbettcommunity.org.uk


Quo Vadis Trust – Volunteer Mentor

Quo Vadis Trust provides social housing, care & support for people in South East London living with mental health challenges.

The are looking for an Activities Worker, who would support clients in a Peer Mentor Programme; developing their skills and ambitions, facilitating projects and activities researched and designed by clients and help support client recovery through engagement and empowerment.

Find out more and apply


Sydenham Garden – Trustee

Sydenham Garden are seeking to appoint a trustee with experience of leading and managing activity groups for people recovering from mental ill health and people with early dementia.

They are keen to recruit a trustee who would be interested in joining our board and the services subcommittee. The subcommittee provides governance for their activity based horticulture and arts group programmes. It also oversees the development and review of the policies and procedures required for good governance of the groups.

Contact coralie@sydenhamgarden.org.uk to apply.


FareShare – Food Project Volunteer

The FareShare London warehouse in Deptford is seeking dozens of volunteers who can spare time during the week to help ensure that good, surplus food gets to the people who need it most.

Find out more and apply


Crisis – Admin Volunteer

Crisis are looking for a Housing Procurement Volunteer. You’ll be supporting our Housing Procurement Team to source good quality accommodation for our members to help end their homelessness.

Find out more about the role here


170 Community Project – Volunteer Befriender

The 170 Community Project are looking for an Advice Line Telephone Assessor Volunteer. The volunteer be the first port of call on the Advice Line to callers in need of welfare advice. You need good listening skills, a calm and patient manner and be able to relay information to the caller in a clear way. Accurate note-taking skills are important. Training is given.

Contact jonwicken170cp@gmail.com to register your interest


Deptford Mission – Admin Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to help process the donations they receive in their charity shop. This includes processing clothes donations, sorting through bric-a-brac, CDs, DVDs etc. as well as operating the till and all general shop work such as cleaning and tidying the shelves.

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Voluntary Services Lewisham – Volunteer Befriender

The VSL befriending scheme covers Lewisham Borough and matches volunteers with service users based on shared interests, the individual’s needs, and the volunteers’ motivation and availability.

Find out more and get involved here


Stanstead Lodge – Volunteer Archivist

Stanstead Lodge are looking for a volunteer archivist. The ideal person will be capable of drafting an archiving policy and be happy to lead a project team, work independently and supervise any volunteers.

Contact James: finance@stansteadlodge.org to register your interest.


NHS Volunteer Responders

NHS Volunteer responders support people who are self-isolating and support NHS organisations by transporting goods between sites, delivering supplies to patients’ homes and providing patient transport.

Visit our website to find out more and apply


Lee Green Lives – Volunteer Mentor

Lee Green Lives are looking for support volunteers for wide-ranging activities and services in their  Community Centre. Activities and services range from healthy exercises and computer classes to sewing and literacy classes, as well as advice sessions for people with benefits, housing and other issues. 

To volunteer, contact Shirley Kirkland, Lee Green Lives community centre coordinator on email: info@lgl.org.uk; or telephone 020 7998 1004 or text 07706 931986.


1st New Cross Scouts – Volunteer Mentor

Every week volunteers give young people in New Cross and Brockley age 6 – 18 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life!

Click here to Volunteer


Blue Ribbon Foundation – Downham Men’s Group – Volunteer Gardener

Downham Men’s Group are looking for volunteers to help every Thursday morning with gardening at the Goldsmiths Community centre and grounds development.

Click here to find out more


Barley Loaves Distribution Service – Food Project Volunteer

Barley Loaves Food Service is a not-for-profit food bank that serves inner Lewisham community. Barley Loaves Food Distribution Service are looking for volunteer drivers to collect and deliver their food every Tuesday afternoon.

Email barleyloaves@ecclesia.uk to get involved


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